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Local maple syrup production topic of breakfast meeting

May 2nd, 2014 | Category: News

MOUNT VERNON – The Timber, Fish and Wildlife hosts a breakfast meeting on Thursday, May 8, presenting Al Craney, a Forester with the  Skagit Conservation District discussing Locavore Maple Syrup Production. The meeting starts at 7 a.m at the Farmhouse Restaurant, 13724 LaConner Whitney Road in Mount Vernon, and costs $14 per person for the buffet breakfast. Other food options also available. All are welcome from the community. A December 2013 video about maple syrup production is linked off of the Skagit Conservation District web page under the Forestry section at The video includes Kevin Zobrist, WSU Regional Extension Specialist for Forest Stewardship, Al Craney, and Neil McCleod, land manager at the tree farm filmed. They talk about bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum), prime production season (November through bud-break in early spring), why sap flow is weather-dependent, how to tap trees and collect sap, making syrup, and more.

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